With only one day left until the athletes hit the slopes, CelebSecrets4U is giving you the breakdown on what you can expect from the world’s best as they battle it out for a spot on the podium in select Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile disciplines.
Today, we are sharing our thoughts on who will snag the medals for Men & Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Finals.
The Snowboard SuperPipe event at the X Games represents the progression of the sport and showcases the best pipe riders in the world. The SuperPipe course consists of a large halfpipe structure with vertical walls. The course is approximately 567 feet long and 66 feet wide, with 22-foot walls. Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe is divided into two rounds. In the Elimination round, each snowboarder will take two runs and will be ranked based on their best score. The top eight athletes will advance to the Final. In the Final, each snowboarder takes three runs and the rider with the single best score wins. Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe features eight athletes and follows the same format as the Men’s Final.
Snowboard SuperPipe is judged on amplitude, execution, difficulty, landings, and use of the course.
Check out our predictions for Men & Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe below…
Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe:
1st Place- Danny Davis – After struggling to recover from injuries sustained in 2010, snowboarder Danny Davis has officially returned to competitive snowboarding. In 2014, Danny Davis made it to the finals at X Games Aspen for the first time ever and won gold. Since then, Danny has been hard at work improving his snowboarding techniques and tricks. We believe that Danny will be coming in to X Games Aspen this week hungry to defend his gold medal title and will be throwing down incredible tricks every time he hits the pipe.
2nd Place- Iouri Podladtchikov– McMorris has placed second in the 2013 X Games and first in the 2012 games. Doesn’t have as much experience as Horgmo, so if he wants to win the gold he has to step up his game. Although, he won the bronze in the 2014 Olympics, even with an injury of a broken rib. He has a lot of drive and heart, but it’ll be really tough to beat Horgmo.
3rd Place: Shaun White – One of the most decorated riders in snowboarding, Shaun White is officially making his X Games return after taking a year off to prepare for Sochi. The 28-year-old usually takes a year off from competitive snowboarding after an Olympic season, so we’re not really sure what he’ll be throwing in the pipe this week. Will it be worthy for a medal? Who knows. But we do know that the level of difficulty will be there in the pipe, so that alone should get him a medal.
Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
1st Place: Kelly Clark – Kelly Clark has been named the “Queen of the SuperPipe” by many snowboarding professionals, and we feel that now is the time for her to reclaim her spot on the X Games throne. Kelly always executes her runs extremely well, and we have faith that she will continue the flawless strategy this week at X Games Aspen and win another gold medal.
2nd Place: Chloe Kim – Chloe Kime is definitely one to watch this year at X Games Aspen. Last year, the 14-year-old was the youngest rider to ever medal at X Games Aspen and one of the biggest threats to overthrow the current queen of the SuperPipe, Kelly Clark. Dos she have what it takes to beat Kelly this year? Honestly, we don’t know; but Kelly Clark never disappoints at X Games so Chloe Kim is filling the second place spot in our SuperPipe predictions.
3rd Place: Torah Bright – Its been a a few years since we’ve seen Torah Bright on the X Games podium, but the 28-year-old Australian rider had an incredible season in 2014. Torah entered three disciplines at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, winning silver in Snowboard SuperPipe. We believe that Torah has been working extremely hard in the pipe since Sochi and will turn out with a bronze medal at X Games Aspen this week.
What are your thoughts on our predictions for Men & Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe? Make sure to tune in and see who wins beginning on Thursday, January 22 @ 9PM ET on ESPN for Men’s and Saturday, January 24 @ 8PM ET on ESPN3 for Women’s.